Mudcat Café message #3561362 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #152273   Message #3561362
Posted By: Backwoodsman
26-Sep-13 - 01:58 AM
Thread Name: BS: Why I am gone
Subject: RE: BS: Why I am gone
In exactly the same way as one man's 'terrorist' is another man's 'freedom-fighter', it could be argued that one man's 'bigot' is another man's 'realist'. There are always two sides to a debate, and both should be able to be freely aired.

Stifling inconvenient opinions is the tactic of the extremist, and doesn't in any way win an argument. You don't defeat an opponent in debate by insulting him, screaming '"Bigot" and refusing to allow him to speak. You do it by allowing him to make his argument, however unacceptable you might find it, and then proposing a counter-argument which is more compelling and against which he has no plausible response.

Those who seek to silence others on this forum simply display either the paucity of their own arguments, or their inability to make those arguments convincingly, or both.